“…O my breast,
Thy hope ends here!” (Macbeth act 4 sc.3)
Tips for Use. Your reaction to a piece of news that puts an end to your hopes or expectations. Your reaction to the utterings by politicians of the left or the right.
In the play. Malcolm portrays himself as unfit to govern (after the probable defeat of Macbeth) and Macduff who counts on Malcolm to be king, feels a pang of desperation. But Malcolm was only pretending.
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